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Homemade Butter and Buttermilk

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Homemade Butter and Buttermilk

  • 45 minutes
  • Serves 12
  • Medium



This morning, I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed to make my favorite chili to bring over to my parents’ house to watch today’s Seahawks game. At my dad’s insistence, I also needed to make some cornbread. According to him, you have to have cornbread to go with your chili.

I’m sure you know the feeling. You go to the grocery store. Get home. Put everything away. And then…you realize you don’t have an ingredient you need. In this case, I had no buttermilk for the cornbread.

Heck no, I’m not going back to the store. Not today. Not just for one thing.

After a quick online search, I learned you can easily make buttermilk at home, as long as you have  heavy cream and a jar.


And all you need to do is put the heavy cream in a jar with a lid and shake it until it separates? Really? The solids are butter, and the liquids are buttermilk? For real?

I can do that.

Or so I thought. After about five minutes of shaking, I could shake no more. Yes, I’m a pansy.

But that’s what husbands are for, right? Leave it to Casey to sit there and shake the darn thing for nearly 20 minutes.

The first 15 minutes are the worst. It becomes whipped cream fairly quickly, and then it seems to stay that way forever. Suddenly, despite our doubts, there was a change. The solids turned a yellow color and turned into a sort of clump in the middle of the liquid.

Ta-da! There it was. We had butter, and we had buttermilk.

It’s pretty neat, actually.

There was one problem. It didn’t make the cup and a half of buttermilk I needed.

That’s also what husbands are for. To go to the store when their wives are throwing a fit and buy buttermilk after he just spent 20 minutes shaking a jar of it.

But hey, we had homemade butter for our cornbread. Not too shabby.

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5 minutes in a food processor easily replaces the shaking in a jar, by the way. I just did this last weekend. Easy easy easy

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